Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A thoughtful and thrilling story of life, death, and meaning. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Two teens train to be society-sanctioned killers in an otherwise immortal world. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE PLANETS by Ken Liu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A phenomenal anthology of short speculative fiction."
In this anthology, Liu offers an assortment of the short fiction he's translated, along with three short essays about Chinese science fiction. Read full book review >

GOLDENHAND by Garth Nix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A masterfully spun tale well worth the yearslong wait. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
At long last, fantasy master Nix returns to the story of Lirael. Read full book review >
FEEDBACK  by Mira Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"This mashup of medical and media ethics, politics and the living undead, is a whip-smart thriller overflowing with sharp ideas and social commentary."
A U.S. presidential campaign set in a zombie-infested future bears an eerie resemblance to the way we live now. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY 2016 by Karen Joy Fowler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A set of primal, classic-seeming tales from our past, present, and future."
The second in an annual series of intellectually demanding genre anthologies. Read full book review >

THE DEVIL'S BANSHEE by Donna Hosie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Series fans will be thrilled by this screamingly funny return to Hell. (Paranormal suspense. 15 & up)"
The Devil's Intern series continues, narrated this time by Alfarin the Viking prince. Read full book review >
THE INQUISITOR'S TALE by Adam Gidwitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A masterpiece of storytelling that is addictive and engrossing. (Fantasy. 11 & up)"
Gidwitz strikes literary gold with this mirthful and compulsively readable adventure story set in medieval France. Read full book review >
CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"How can such a hefty tome be un-put-down-able excitement from beginning to end? (glossary) (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
This hefty sequel to Six of Crows (2015) brings high-tension conclusions to the many intertwined intrigues of Ketterdam. Read full book review >
SACRIFICE by Cindy Pon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A brilliant second act that can be read alone. (Fantasy. 15 & up)"
This thrilling sequel to Pon's Serpentine (2015) begins soon after the Great Battle between mortals and demons, as Skybright and her compatriots struggle with the fallout and face the looming threat of a new breach to the underworld. Read full book review >
A NIGHT WITHOUT STARS by Peter F. Hamilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"An atomic blast of a yarn. Hamilton in peak form and absolutely not to be missed."
Hamilton's latest (a relatively slender 704 pages) brings to a furious boil the two-book saga (The Abyss Beyond Dreams, 2014) describing human colony planet Bienvenido's unremitting battle against the hostile alien Fallers. Read full book review >
THREE DARK CROWNS by Kendare Blake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The opener to a pitch-black epic fantasy series horrifically upends the bonds of sisterhood. Read full book review >
THE SWAN RIDERS by Erin Bow
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Brilliant and compelling: don't miss this. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
A girl, remade, might just remake the world. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >